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By the end of the Easter holiday weekend sand martins were prospecting for housing development possibilities. The sandy soils around Snook Point may well be suitable for excavating avian nurseries.
Sand martins at Snook Point.

Tug Nero off the Farnes.

Included among the Good Friday visitors to the Seahouses area was the vessel "NERO", designated officially as a 341-tonne tug from the Netherlands, constructed last year. She was reported to be on her way from Rotterdam to the Firth of Forth. There are other details (and clearer pictures) on-line here.


First glimpses of high-speed swallows are impossible to capture effectively even with digital technology. But it was clear that some airborne migrants had arrived from Africa in time to join the blue-sky Easter holidaymakers!
Glimpses of swallows.

Craft Fair.
Food, furniture, fabrics and fun all featured at the Craft Fair held in the Sports and Community Centre on the first Sunday of April. Included too were exhibits and sales of leather goods; hand-crafted greetings cards; jewellery; pictures, whimsies and other ornaments - indeed too great a variety for listing here.

Lambrettas at Seahouses.

The fifth of April saw two hundred and seventeen spectacularly loved vintage Lambrettas congregating by Seahouses Lifeboat Station. The occasion was the start of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain's Coast to Coast charity rally in aid of Cancer Research UK. Having assembled from all parts of the country, they set off on a truly cross-country route indirectly to Silloth on the Solway coast of Cumbria, via the Holy Island and Coldstream. The organisers wrote, "Everyone who spent time in Seahouses was made welcome wherever we ate, drank, slept or camped. We were helped by the RNLI and the Harbourmaster: we wish to thank them and the businesses and people of Seahouses for their hospitality. We had a great time and would hope to return in the future."
Lambretta Club labels.

Barrier being erected.

Our outer breakwater is once again transformed into an obstacle course. Last year's barrier was removed by waters of the December storm. Unfortunately the insurance industry is more nervous and insistent nowadays than it has been over the past century-plus!


The middle weekend of March 2013 brought Seahouses to the world's attention via press and TV reports of the inexplicable grounding of the DANIO on the rocks of the Farne Islands.  It was just this March that various court cases ended with a fine of £60,000 being imposed.
Danio from Seahouses.

Kittiwakes on the cliffs.

These early birds aren't hoping to catch the worm, rather are their hormones driving them to seek nest sites. The kittiwakes on the left regularly set up substantial breeding colonies on the golf course cliffs, south of Seahouses harbour, through springtime and early summer.

It would be cheating to imply that Seahouses plays host to puffins. But they CAN be seen on the Farne Islands: resident Wardens report their early arrival too. And Seahouses is THE port of embarkation for visiting the Farne Islands!

Action in the outer harbour.
Making the best of low water springs, mid-March provided a reasonable opportunity for carrying out a minor improvement to Seahouses outer harbour. The heap of rocks in the middle (to dissipate wave energy entering the harbour) was re-deployed more effectively. The opportunity was taken to include some dredging, taking the sludge out east beyond the limits of the harbour.
Dredging in the outer harbour.


The rededication of Seahouses Methodist Church.
As might be anticipated, there was a capacity crowd in Seahouses Methodist Church for its historic Rededication Service on the afternoon of Saturday, 15th of March 2014. It followed a remarkable redesign, refurbishment, redecoration and re-equipping of the Church proper and of the supporting social facilities attached. The electronic display seen in the picture on the left is symptomatic. On the right is the Reverend Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, speaking the Rededication Prayer itself. The Reverend L. Osborn, Chairman of the Newcastle District, also officiated as well as our own Reverend Pauline Fellows together with lay readers and schoolchildren singers.
There is an account of the Rededication here.

After some delays, our Bird Watching page has finally been completed. Tell your ornithological friends.

Defibrillator location.

March 2014 saw another life-saving facility installed at the Seahouses Lifeboat Station. The public access defibrillator is now available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: it needs only a 999 call to reveal the lock code for the HeartSafe cabinet 759.

Seahouses First Responders had got together with the NHS North East Ambulance Service and the Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Charity.
Defibrillator machine.

FPV Morven in action off Seahouses.
While a massive cargo vessel crept past the Farne Islands offshore, a more modest, 20-metre vessel was busily occupied on our inshore waters. Working at a virtual walking pace, 4.2 knots in fact, the 'special craft' FPV Morven cruised repeatedly up and down between Seahouses harbour area and the Farne Islands, conducting a survey. It is true that the second Monday in March provided calm, sunny conditions ideal for any cruise, but there must have been more to it than that! The website refers to a "Farne Islands Survex" - which may be something special or it may be a typing error. Last year the Morven was engaged for a benthic ecology survey in the English Channel. But, interestingly, it is also listed as being "for use in the offshore wind industry".

Coltsfoot on north beach.

It may have been partly the effect of the mild February. But the earliest coltsfoot flowers spotted by March 10th were in among the vegetation eroded and dumped by the December storms. North beach had its sand dunes severely cut back during the winter. The tangled masses of marram grass leaves, stems, rhizomes and roots evidently included some tough fragments of Tussilago farfara too!
Coltsfoot on north beach.

Coffee morning in the Sports and Community Centre.
On Saturday morning, 8th of March, there was a crowded Hans's Cancer Charity Coffee Morning at Seahouses Sports and Community Centre, with raffles, stalls, tombola, and at 11.00 am Chef's Tips from Michael McEvoy. Finances were in aid of the Bright Red blood cancer support charity (in memory of Jean Nörenberg).

Coffee morning in the Bamburgh Castle Hotel.
Practically the whole of the ground floor of the Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses was crowded with coffee consumers, scone scoffers and stall supporters on Saturday morning, the first of March. The event was in support of the Seahouses and District Cancer Research and Relief Fund, now well into its fifth decade of collection and operation in the local area.

The Seahouses Tea Towel.

For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
The Resource Centre, 62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
RNLI logo.

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